Welcome to the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) website. OVA’s services are grounded in two separate but equally important foundations. First, Pennsylvania’s Crime Victims Act legislates post-sentencing rights and services for victims of crime in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Second, the voices of victims have provided the inspiration and the framework for the development of the operations of the OVA and all of its program offerings.
OVA was established in 1995 and diligently works to provide victims of crime with notifications, support and advocacy services. Victim Assistance Coordinators on staff at OVA work with local advocates at community based victim service programs and also with advocates in County District Attorneys Offices to ensure that all victims of crime who have requested post-sentencing services, receive the compassionate and individual attention and advocacy that they require.
Working in partnership with the Department of Corrections, the Board of Pardons, and the Board of Probation and Parole, OVA has strived to develop and maintain a parallel continuum of victim-centered services. An example of the variety of services offered by OVA, in addition to victim input and notification, include:
- Services to victims choosing to witness an execution
- Curriculum development for the educational programs for inmates which include the "Impact of Crime Class" and "Victim Awareness Class"
- Dialogue Program for victims of violent crime
Also, OVA’s Address Confidentiality Program enables victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking to live with a higher degree of safety in their homes and communities.
To learn more about our responsibilities, services, and informational materials, explore this website, as well as our Address Confidentiality Program website. Also, in order to learn about the needs, rights and services available for victims of crime, access our many links to similar victim-serving programs at the local, state, and national levels. We appreciate your interest in victims of crime as well as our services, and are hopeful that this website meets your needs.
Jennifer R. Storm - Victim Advocate
Office of Victim Advocate | Commonwealth of Pennsylvania